The Intersection of People and Place

Dizzy the Border Collie

I felt in that hour as if the park where we walked embraced me even more deeply than it had before, sharing its abundance with my friend and I in a way I hadn’t experienced in my solo journeys. There is certainly a time for solitude, but unless you are a hermit far from humanity, you cannot be fully connected to a place until you’ve connected with community. [Read more...]

By the light of the harvest moon: autumn equinox thoughts

A moonlit night on the other side of the world. Image by Matti/Masivaan used under Creative Commons license.

I always find the shift into the dark half of the year difficult. One of the great consolations of this time for me is the light of nighttime – the blue shimmering radiance of the full moon in the night sky. [Read more...]

The Weight Of A University

Kelvin Grove Art Gallery and Museum from University of Glasgow

Last week I found myself on the Glasgow University campus and was struck by the feel of it. The area taken up by University buildings, old and new, is quite large, and the whole of it has a certain weight to it. There’s a sense of something deep there. Some of the University buildings are [Read More...]

A sense of responsibility to place

Every approach to morals and ethics has its strengths and weaknesses. Elinor Predota considers Pagan ethics, and how they relate to sense of place. [Read more...]

The material, the sacred and the erotic: a contemplation for Lammas

My 2007 homemade Lammas loaf: 100% rye, 100% sourdough

Our chants and songs declare, “The Earth is our Mother: we must take care of Her,” or “Mother Earth carry me; your child I will always be.” But is the relationship of child to mother one we should continually be reinforcing? [Read more...]

A Forest Walk

The remains of an old building in Dalkeith Country Park

Humans may manage the land with the utmost care, but the plants and wild animals are never completely under human control. [Read more...]

The ordinary, everyday occult knowledge of herbs, flowers and beasts

A bottle of honeysuckle cordial (pink) and a bottle of meadowseet cordial, both made this last weekend.

Like many other Pagans, I seek occult knowledge and personal gnosis in formal ways, through practices such as ritual and the reading of Tarot cards. But they also find me when I’m not looking for them, often in relation to the more-than-human inhabitants with whom I share this landscape, and through conversations and interactions with friends. [Read more...]


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